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Firm Profile

Thompson & Knight LLP

Firm Profile

Houston

  • Profile
  • 811 Main Street
  • Suite 2500
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002

Firm profile submitted by Thompson & Knight LLP

Managing Partner: Mark M Sloan
Number of partners: 160 approx. Number of lawyers: 300 approx.
Languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Yoruba


Since 1887, Thompson & Knight attorneys have been anticipating clients’ needs and striving to exceed expectations. With an emphasis on energy, litigation, tax and insolvency matters, the firm’s attorneys provide clients with innovative, cost-effective legal and business solutions to their issues. Thompson & Knight’s experience in these areas establishes it as a leading global energy law firm, with more than two-thirds of its practice relating to the energy industry.



Corporate & Securities:
■ Represented EnCap Investments LP in formation of a private equity fund with total commitments of $6.5b
■ Represented Yates Petroleum Corporation in its $2.4b merger with EOG Resources, Inc.
■ Represented Tempur Sealy International, Inc. in a $450m note exchange offer

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
■ Serving as counsel to the official unsecured creditors committee in the Endeavour Operating Corporation et al. Chapter 11 case involving offshore UK producer with greater than $1b debt
■ Served as counsel to Thomas Moran, Chapter 11 trustee for Life Partners Holdings, Inc., as well as debtors’ counsel to the Life Partners operating subsidiaries; advanced and obtained confirmation of a joint plan of reorganization, which, among other things, preserves a $2.4b life insurance policy portfolio for the benefit of more than 22,000 investors
■ Serving as counsel to Parallel Energy LP in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

Oil, Gas & Energy:
■ Represented EnCap Investments LP in a complex, $4.8b transaction in which its portfolio company Felix Energy agreed to sell 80,000 net surface acreage in the Anadarko Basin STACK play to Devon for $1.9b, Devon agreed to acquire 253,000 net acres in the Powder River Basin for $600m, and EnCap Flatrock Midstream agreed to sell portfolio company Tall Oak Midstream to Devon affiliate EnLink Midstream for $1.55b
■ Represented Silver Hill Energy Partners in its $2.4b sale to RSP Permian Inc., which set “a new high-water mark” for Delaware Basin transactions
■ Represented Fisterra Energy in the sale of the Mexican holding companies of Ventika, Mexico’s largest onshore wind farm and one of the largest wind farms in Latin America

Government & Regulatory:
■ Represent energy companies on environmental issues with E&P, midstream and downstream operations
■ Represent Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, a trade association representing the 40 largest commercial energy users in the state
■ Represented the Texas Oil & Gas Association in preparing and submitting testimony and written comments in response to EPA’s proposed refinery rules

Finance:
■ Represented agent bank in $4b syndicated revolving credit facility with large E&P company
■ Represented one of the largest US exploration and production companies in a $4b 100% amendment to its revolving credit facility
■ Represented agent bank in $3.5b syndicated revolving credit facility for large energy partnership

Healthcare:
■ Serve as National Coordinating Counsel for a worldwide medical device manufacturer
■ Represent hospital systems and healthcare providers in investigations, litigation and compliance
■ Represent large hospital system and its subsidiaries in real estate litigation and leasing matters

Intellectual Property & Technology:
■ Represented semiconductor manufacturer in ITC patent infringement case involving imported chips
■ Represented US air carrier in patent litigation in E. Dist. of Texas involving technology related to conversion of loyalty points
■ Serve as counsel to a global accessory designer and manufacturer on US privacy and security compliance and coordinate local counsel on global privacy compliance; have also assisted the company in privacy compliance for marketing campaigns

Employment & Labor:
■ Represented BNSF in the first federal court-of-appeals case on whether obesity can be an “impairment” under 2008 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act; court of appeals found in favor of BNSF and the US Supreme Court denied review
■ Assisted international transportation company with withdrawal of OSHA citation based on agency’s multi-employer workplace doctrine
■ Handled FLSA matters for food distributor, energy services, electronics and other employers

Real Estate:
■ Represented Regions Bank, as agent for seven different lenders, in a $198.8m construction loan to USAA for development of Amazon’s new corporate offices in Seattle, Washington
■ Advised United Overseas Bank Limited in an $860m construction loan for a residential tower in Manhattan
■ Represented Olympic Property Partners in a $170m acquisition of a historic, vacant skyscraper in Dallas for renovation to mixed-use property

Tax:
■ Represented EnCap Investments LP in tax issues involving formation of private equity funds focused on upstream and midstream sectors in North America
■ Representing an international oil and gas company in connection with multi-billion dollar refund claims involving the 2006-2009 tax years
■ Assist international upstream oil and gas company with tax, executive compensation, and employee benefits issues for its US workforce and US expatriates

Trial & Appellate:
■ Serve as National Coordinating Counsel for civil royalty cases for one of the largest natural gas producers in the United States
■ Represent US airline in consumer class actions relating to frequent flyer program
■ Represent national food product manufacturer in Lanham Act case related to alleged false advertising on product labels

Clients: BNSF Railway Company, Blue Bell Creameries, The Dow Chemical Company, EnCap Investments L.P., Fisher Controls International / Emerson Electric, INEOS, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Natural Gas Partners, Petrobras, Royal Bank of Canada, Simon Property Group, Tempur Sealy International, Inc, T-Mobile USA, Inc, Wells Fargo Bank

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